There is so much data and so many places to go looking for it that data discovery is a perpetual problem for Southern Ocean scientists. We have identified more than 70 metadata catalogues that hold data relevant to SOOS scientists. Together with other polar data managers, we are working towards developing federated metadata search to simultaneously search all of these catalogues.
POLDER is a working group of SOOS, the Arctic Data Committee, and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management to investigate the best ways to achieve this. Find out more at the POLDER website.